Wednesday, April 11, 2018
"Is there generally a master theme/method to your SOTW madness? I suspect that it’s a collection of the tunes that have randomly entered your consciousness each day...the songs always seem to unexpectedly blend so seamlessly when gathered at the end of the week."
That is a comment from Dr. Wu on the last "Songs Of The Week" post.
I often wondered why, six years since the first Song Of The day was posted, the week-ending SOTW posts get so little attention or activity. I would think seven songs would yield seven individual topics to discuss. Yet, the SOTW has the fewest comments and hits every week. Maybe no one has ever looked at it as seven different things to discuss.
Well, what if I answered Dr. Wu's question and explained how the seven songs ended up the SOTW mix?
Stormy Monday (Live)- Cream:
I had gone into the studio with some friends. We hadn't played together in three years, but we did remember the tunes we had in our set list of our one gig together. We tossed around some of those songs again and just let loose, which also led to fooling around with Jimi's "Little Wing." After playing it, Allen our bass player mentioned the Derek & The Dominoes version. Then, we started talking about Clapton and it made me think of the version of "Stormy Monday" from the 2005 Cream reunion tour. I mentioned how it might be my very favorite Clapton solo and of course, needed to hear it immediately to confirm what I was thinking.
It's My Pride- The Guess Who
I was rehearsing songs for a new John Sally Ride album and during a break I asked the band if they had heard the new Randy Bachman tribute to George Harrison. The answer was no, but we all agreed we loved the Guess Who. Bassist Sal Maida made a point of referencing the early stuff, especially "It's My Pride," which is found on the Nuggets box.
This Is The Land- The Bees
This track popped up at random on the iPod and for a few seconds, I didn't recognize it was The Bees. I decided I needed to hear it again.
Star Crossed Lovers- Propellerheads w/ Martha Wainwright
I was listening to the new one from The Fratellis and the second track is "Star Crossed Losers," which made me think of "Star Crossed Lovers," a Duke Ellington cover by Propellerheads with Martha Wainwright, and how they somehow made a beautiful piece of music work as a funky bit of hip-hop.
Shaggy Dad- Lightnin' Hopkins
I just found an inexpensive copy of "Something Blue," the Lightnin' Hopkins record on Verve, that begins with "Shaggy Dad." It's a great record with great instrumentation--guitar, trombone and drums-- with the drums played by New Orleans legend, Earl Palmer. Felt like posting it.
Listened to all of Blur's self-titled record and decided that if I sold it, the only track I'd really miss would be "M.O.R."
Tomorrow's Just Another Day- Madness w. Elvis Costello
Another one that popped up on the iPod. It had been years since I heard it. I had forgotten how good it was.
It's different every week. How it all falls into place and sounds so good, is anyone's guess.